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By DeBlieck Dermatology
February 11, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Acne   Acne Treatment  

Anyone who has ever walked through the skincare aisle of their local drugstore knows that there are tons of acne-fighting products on the market. So, which one is right for you? Should you opt for an acne cleanser or spot treatment, or both? Choosing the right acne treatment can be challenging, to say the least.

While acne is a common problem among teenagers, many people don’t just leave acne behind the minute they toss out those graduation caps. In fact, many adults well into their 20s, 30s and beyond still deal with regular acne outbreaks. So, how do you properly treat acne? There is no singular way to treat acne and the best treatment option for you and your skin will depend on the cause. While you might not know what’s to blame for your acne symptoms a dermatologist certainly can help.

Treating Acne on Your Own

If you are dealing with mild to moderate acne, look for products that contain these powerful acne-fighting ingredients:

  • Salicylic acid
  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Glycolic acid
  • Sulfur
  • Retinol

How a Dermatologist Treats Acne

If you’ve tried over-the-counter acne products for more than 12 weeks and aren’t seeing results, or if you are experiencing severe, deep or cystic acne then it’s time to turn to a skin care professional for help. The first thing your dermatologist will do is determine the cause of your acne. From there, one or more of these treatments may be recommended:

Prescription topical medications: Certain topical medications act as an anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory, which reduces redness and inflammation associated with acne while also removing acne-causing bacteria from the surface of the skin.

A simple extraction: You should never pick at your acne or try to pop a pimple on your own, as you could end up causes further irritation or scarring; however, a dermatologist knows the safest and most effective techniques for extracting blackheads and whiteheads safely.

Birth control pills: For women who notice breakouts that correspond to their menstrual cycle, certain birth control pills may be able to reduce the amount of androgen hormones, which in turn can reduce breakouts. Talk to your dermatologist about the birth control pills that are FDA approved to treat acne.

Isotretinoin: This is an extremely intense oral retinoid that is used for treating severe, cystic acne that isn’t responsive to other treatment options. Isotretinoin is better known as Accutane, and this treatment can take up to nine months to see full results. Some patients will require multiple courses of treatment. Due to the nature of this strong medication, there are some possible side effects. It is important to discuss these side effects with your dermatologist before beginning Isotretinoin.

If you are having trouble getting your acne under control it’s important that you have a dermatologist that you can turn to for customized care. Take control of your acne once and for all.

By DEBLIECK DERMATOLOGY
April 05, 2019
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

Discover helpful acne-fighting tips and trick to achieve clearer skin.

You’re trying to find the right way to get your acne under control, right? Well, there are certainly so many options out there that it can be a bit daunting. First and foremost, if you are just starting to deal with acne then you may want to tackle the issue from the comfort of your own home before turning to a dermatologist for help.

At-Home Treatment Options

The first line of defense is usually to try an over-the-counter acne cleanser or topical cream that contains an active ingredient such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. It’s important to be patient when it comes to seeing results. No acne product will work overnight. In fact, it can take anywhere from 4-6 weeks of consistent use before you start to notice results from commercial acne products, so don’t give up on a product too soon.

Other tips to follow include:

  • Cleaning your smartphone with disinfectant wipes at lease once a day (imagine just how much bacteria your phone picks up everyday).
  • Washing your face twice a day, once in the morning and at night before bedtime, and immediately after sweating.
  • Being gentle with your skin. Harsh scrubs and being aggressive won’t get rid of acne; it will actually just make it worse.
  • Using cosmetic products that won’t clog pores (look for words like “non-comedogenic” or “oil free”)
  • Leaving acne alone (do not pick acne or try to extract it yourself, as this can lead to scarring)
  • Washing pillowcases regularly to get rid of pore-clogging bacteria

When to See a Dermatologist

If you are having trouble getting your acne under control after weeks of trial and error, or if your acne is severe and painful then it’s time to enlist the help of a dermatologist who will be able to provide you with more effective strategies for getting rid of your acne. After all, there are different things that can cause acne and it’s important that your skin doctor figures out what’s causing your acne so that they can create the right treatment plan for you.

Dermatologist-Approved Acne Treatment Options

Depending on what’s causing your breakouts, a dermatologist may recommend these treatment options:

  • Topical treatment: Prescription-strength cleansers, ointments, and creams containing glycolic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and retinoids can target and eliminate acne.
  • Topical or oral antibiotics: Antibiotics can reduce inflammation and kill the bacteria responsible for acne.
  • Oral contraceptives: If you are dealing with breakouts that occur around your menstrual cycle then hormonal fluctuations could be causing your acne. There are certain types of birth control pills that have been FDA approved to fight acne.
  • Isotretinoin: More commonly referred to as Accutane, this powerful oral medication is used for those dealing with severe cystic acne that can lead to deep scarring. This is often recommended when other treatment options haven’t been effective.

Have questions about getting your acne under control? Then it’s time to consult with a dermatologist.

By DEBLIECK DERMATOLOGY
November 09, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

How our dermatologist in Boise, Idaho can help your skin

Acne Free SkinAcne is annoying, embarrassing, and can be painful too. Every time it pops up, it’s tempting to leave acne alone, hoping it will go away. However, this may not be a good idea because acne can leave scars on your beautiful skin. If you have acne, the best idea is to seek out the services of an expert in skincare—someone like Dr. DeBlieck! Dermatologist Dr. Jennifer DeBlieck at DeBlieck Dermatology in Boise, Idaho can help you get rid of acne for good.

More on acne:

You don’t have to be a teenager to get acne. Unsightly acne blemishes can appear on adult skin too. Acne can form as whiteheads, blackheads, cystic bumps, or pustules. The blemishes can be uncomfortable. The good news is, there are effective solutions for your acne.

Dr. DeBlieck may recommend:

  • Salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide products to unblock your pores; these medications help to eliminate small blemishes.
  • Oral and topical antibiotics to reduce or eliminate the bacteria causing your acne breakouts
  • Isotretinoin medications to unblock pores and clear up cysts; these medications are typically used for cases of severe acne.

Don’t forget to follow a few important steps to prevent acne breakouts, as well. Remember to:

  • Wear non-comedogenic makeup that won’t clog your pores
  • Eat a healthy diet, low in fried or greasy foods and dairy products
  • Exercise regularly to increase perspiration and eliminate toxins
  • Drink lots of water to flush out toxins and help clear skin

When you do have an acne breakout, don’t pop or pick your blemishes. It can spread bacteria to other areas of your face, and it may result in scarring. It’s also important to avoid touching your face because it can transfer more bacteria to your skin and cause an acne breakout.

Dr. DeBlieck can help with any acne scarring too. Using laser treatments, chemical peels, dermal fillers, and other state-of-the-art dermatology treatments and skincare products, your skin can look clear and beautiful again! For more information about acne and acne scarring treatments, call Dr. Jennifer DeBlieck at DeBlieck Dermatology in Boise, Idaho. Call (208) 939-5030 today and enjoy clearer skin!

By DEBLIECK DERMATOLOGY
July 19, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

Adult AcneFind out what you can do to reduce your chance of breakouts.

Acne isn’t just a problem that teenagers face. In fact, there are many factors that can bring about acne, from changes in hormones to environmental elements. It isn’t always easy to figure out what’s going on with your skin, but our Boise, ID, dermatologist, Dr. Jennifer DeBlieck, is here to help.

What causes adult acne?

Acne can flare up for many reasons including:

  • Stress
  • Hormonal changes (e.g. menopause; getting off birth control pills)
  • Certain medications 

If you aren’t sure what is causing your acne then our Boise skin doctor will be able to help you get to the root cause of your acne.

Ways to Treat Adult Acne on Your Own

It’s important that you are implementing the proper skincare routine every day to ensure that breakouts are minimal. This includes washing your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser and warm (not hot!) water. Don’t scrub or rub your face to get it clean, as it will only make things worse. Look for acne-fighting products that contain ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid.

Also, while it might be tempting to pop a pimple, leave it to your skin care specialist to extract it safely so it doesn’t cause the pimple to spread or lead to scarring.

Feeling stressed out? If so, then this is where acne might rear its ugly head. While getting a full eight hours of sleep might help you feel more relaxed if stress is freaking your skin out then it might be time to find an outlet for your stress, whether it’s a quick workout, yoga class, or meditation.

When to see a Dermatologist

If you are finding that your at-home skin care regime isn’t giving you the results you want and you feel like you’ve tried just about everything without success than it’s time to call our dermatologist in Boise so we can help you tackle your issues. We will first figure out the root cause of your acne and from there create a customized treatment plan. Common treatment options include:

  • Prescription-strength creams that contain dapsone, benzoyl peroxide, or retinoids
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Laser therapy
  • Extractions

Just remember to be patient. Results from these medications won’t happen overnight; it can take several weeks to begin to see clearer skin.

If you are finding it difficult to get your acne under control then it’s time to turn to the experts at DeBlieck Dermatology in Boise, ID. Call our office today and let us know that you want to talk about your acne treatment options.

By DEBLIECK DERMATOLOGY
July 17, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne   Acne Treatment  

Acne is one of the most common and yet one of the most challenging skin problems people face. We know how frustrating it can be to try one over-the-counter acne product after another, thinking you are giving your skin everything it needs to combat acne and then suddenly the acne returns. What’s going on? If you find yourself struggling to find the perfect formula and treatment options for getting clearer skin a dermatologist will be able to help.

From children to teens to adults, anyone can develop acne. Of course, when we think about acne we do often think about those adolescent years; however, dermatologists also see a lot of adults that are still dealing with different forms of acne. When you come in for a skincare consultation a skin doctor will perform a thorough physical exam. From there we may ask you a series of questions regarding your skin care regime, lifestyle and habits, as this will provide some insight into what could be triggering your acne symptoms.

After your consultation is complete we will create a customized treatment plan that will cater to addressing the source of your acne symptoms; fortunately, today there are so many different treatment options out there. A dermatologist will most often recommend different strategies for handling your acne. These options may include,

Treatments that you place directly on your skin

Many of your acne treatments can be applied right on your skin to reduce both acne-causing bacteria and oil. Popular topical acne medications often contain salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or retinoids. Your dermatologist will determine the topical treatment that will work best for your skin.

Treatment that is systemic and works throughout the body

Sometimes it’s necessary to systemically treat acne, particularly if it’s causing serious redness or swelling. By taking pills such as antibiotics, birth control pills or isotretinoin (the best course of action for severe acne), we can reduce both of these symptoms while also preventing acne breakouts.

Different dermatological treatments that can reduce or even get rid of acne

There are also some in-office treatment options available from your skin doctor that can help eliminate acne-causing bacteria and even get rid of blackheads and whiteheads. These common procedures include:

  • Laser or light therapy

  • Chemical peels

  • Extractions

  • Dermabrasion (to reduce the appearance of superficial acne scars)

Know that you aren’t alone when it comes to treating acne and a dermatologist can help you get your skin clearer. It’s important to be patient when it comes to acne treatment, as it can take several weeks to see results. Talk to a dermatologist today about how they can help you.